Poulsbo's busted stuff for sale

POULSBO – It’s out with the old and on with the move, as Poulsbo City Hall employees are cleaning house. With an eye on the calendar and their hands on the cleaning supplies, city employees continue to prep for the September move to the new City Hall , which is currently under construction.

Some items will make the move, while about 90 percent of the office furniture has outgrown its usefulness. To replace it, the city will turn to OM Workspace, which is associated with Office Max, as the company was awarded the furniture contract for the new City Hall. They will provide all loose and modular furniture, according to Public Works Director Barry Loveless.

As for the construction of the building itself, it seems to be on target.

“Construction is still rolling along at a good pace,” Loveless said. He also said the roads will improve by next month and drywalling will begin by the end of the month.

After a thorough look at City Hall’s inventory, several items — including such devices as an electric eraser — are being labeled as surplus. City departments can consider items to be surplus if they are obsolete or not used, Leticia Fee, an accounting technician for the City of Poulsbo, said in an email.

“Typically, before the surplus list goes to council for final approval, the list is circulated to all the departments to determine if another department might use the item(s) in question,” Fee said.

Those that remain untake are put up for sale to the general public, said Deborah Booher, Finance Director for the City of Poulsbo.

Many of the items, she warned, are broken.

City Hall employees are very good about using their resources to the very last battery, Booher said. Any remaining items will be disposed of properly.

Surplus items include broken cameras, office supplies, cell phones, a server, fax machine, printers, a typewriter and even what is labeled as an old “teachers desk” among other interesting items.

In addition to discussing the move, Mayor Becky Erickson said Carly Michelson, the mayor’s executive assistant, will go from full-time to part-time beginning July 1.

“This is a mutual decision between Carly and myself,” Erickson said.

Also, council discussed an immediate need to remove the trees that line Haven Vei, as pedestrians are exposed to trip hazards created by the trees’ roots lifting the walkway’s tiles.

On the financial side, the city has taken out a $2 million line of credit from Key Bank. The loan is to supplement any unforeseen projects, until the Klingel and current City Hall properties are sold. The loan will only be spent on an as-needed basis and is at a variable 2.06 percent interest rate for one year.

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